Every year on October 16, the world marks the World Food Day. In Rwanda, this year's festivities were celebrated on October 27, in the Eastern Province in Kayonza District, emphasizing the theme Water is Life, Water is Food, Leave No One Behind. ALSO READ: FAO boss on Rwanda’s journey to achieving food security During the event, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and local authorities encouraged Rwandans of the critical role of water resource management in ensuring food security. Given Rwanda's heavy reliance on agriculture, the preservation and sustainable use of water resources are of paramount importance. Officials stressed the significance of implementing effective irrigation systems and promoting water conservation practices. Water is life; water is food; we use water in our daily lives; without water, even agriculture cannot survive. We need to protect our water resources and ensure their sustainable use for future generations, emphasized Minister of Agriculture Ildephonse Musafiri. He added that by prioritizing water resource management, Rwanda aims not only to ensure food security but also to mitigate the impacts of climate change on agriculture. ALSO READ: FAO launches fruit trees project in Kigali to enhance food security Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative, Coumba Sow emphasized the importance of innovative and sustainable practices in water management and related infrastructure. She stated, It is essential, considering the challenges we face, such as climate change, conflicts, and the scarcity of natural resources, to use water efficiently in line with the sustainable goals. Kayonza district is among the most drought-prone districts in Rwanda, with approximately 75 percent of its total area highly susceptible to drought and an additional 25 percent classified as very highly susceptible. The World Food Day celebrations in Kayonza included the inauguration of initiatives aimed at extending water resources and infrastructure. This encompassed the construction of 26 valley dams and 20 boreholes, among other climate-resilient projects funded under initiatives like the Kayonza Integrated Irrigation WaterShade Management Scheme. Claude Tuyisenge, a resident in the Murundi sector, shared his experience: Personally, my livestock used to suffer during drought periods; we had to travel long distances in search of water, which posed health risks to the animals and hindered their productivity. With reduced stress in finding water sources, we can now focus on implementing modern farming techniques to enhance our livestock practices. Sustainable Development Goal 6 specifically focuses on ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all. In line with this goal, Rwanda has implemented various strategies to improve water management, including the expansion of water management infrastructure and providing dam sheets to farmers with subsidies, among other initiatives. Officials pointed out that Rwanda has received sufficient rainfall to meet its basic demands from simple run-off-river systems. However, the country's hydrological system faces challenges in meeting the growing water needs of its recent development and changing climate. To address this, Rwanda has invested in reservoirs and dam projects. The implementation of water conservation measures, such as promoting efficient irrigation techniques and encouraging the use of rainwater harvesting systems, has not only improved access to clean water for citizens but has also enhanced the country's resilience to climate change and ensured sustainable water management for future generations. Rwandans are urged to continue their efforts to mitigate climate change by efficiently conserving water use. During the World Food Day celebrations in Kayonza, Ozonnia Ojielo, the UN Resident Coordinator, stressed the need for action to meet Sustainable Development Goal Number 6. He emphasized the importance of managing water wisely through government partnerships with civil society, academia, and the private sector, fostering collaboration for a water-secure future. Ojielo called for innovative solutions and increased investments in integrated water resources management and infrastructure, concluding with the idea that we need to produce more food using less water.